In The News: WSBT: Elkhart police chief calls on Congress to renew funding he says helps families

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Elkhart police chief calls on Congress to renew funding he says helps families

By Hilary Powell

It’s a program local lawmakers say Congress is running out of time to fund.

The Child Health Insurance Plan expired in September.

… Congress failed to renew the bi-partisan program in September.

It was then Congresswoman Jackie Walorski addressed the House about how the bill funds the Healthy Families program.

“With the help of Healthy Families, she turned those long odds into success. She called Healthy Families a miracle,” said Walorski.

In a statement, Walorski says the House recently passed bills to renew both MIECHV and CHIP saying, “I’m optimistic Congress will send legislation to the president’s desk to ensure Hoosier families continue to get the help and support they need to thrive.”

… Walorski says the funding for home visits has helped 800 Hoosier families every year.

A spokesperson for the Congresswoman says Congress needs to reauthorize the CHIP legislation to ensure funds are available through next year.

Read the full story here.

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